California Pulse

  • Berkeley Law Says Antisemitism Suit Should Be Tossed

    The University of California, Berkeley School of Law pushed back this week against a Jewish advocacy organization's accusations that the school has fostered an antisemitic culture that has led to harassment of Jews on campus, arguing that the lawsuit should be dismissed since the university is acting under long-established constitutional principles that require it to protect student speech it does not necessarily endorse.

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

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    Stoel Rives Adds New Real Estate Partner In San Diego

    Stoel Rives LLP hired a former Finch Thornton & Baird LLP partner as a new partner for its real estate practice in San Diego, the firm announced.

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    Wilson Sonsini IP Litigator Jumps To Clark Hill In San Diego

    Clark Hill PLC is expanding its West Coast team, announcing Tuesday it is bringing on a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC patent litigator as a member in its San Diego office.

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    Data Privacy Co. TrustArc Names GC, Chief Privacy Officer

    Data privacy platform TrustArc says it has brought on a new general counsel and chief privacy officer alongside another executive appointment and amid record revenue.

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    Saul Ewing Minn. Partner Named Transactional Dept. Chair

    A former managing partner of Saul Ewing LLP's Minneapolis office will oversee more than 200 attorneys as the new chair of the Philadelphia-headquartered firm's transactional department.

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    Dechert Elevates Product Liability Leaders On Both Coasts

    Dechert LLP has appointed two partners in New York and Los Angeles to lead its product liability and mass torts practice, elevating Douglas Fleming and Jay Bhimani to co-chair roles.

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    Pillsbury Cyber Leader Jumps To Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring announced on Tuesday the hiring of a cybersecurity lead at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner overseeing the firm's digital law practice in Europe.

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    DocuSign Cuts 6% Of Workforce But Vows To Stay Public

    DocuSign is laying off 6% of its staff for its third round of workforce reductions in the past three years, the electronic signature and contract software company announced Tuesday.

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    Dechert's Los Angeles Managing Partner Jumps To Paul Weiss

    Dechert LLP's Los Angeles office managing partner, a prominent product liability litigator who's successfully defended the likes of 3M and Johnson & Johnson, has joined Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP as a partner in its litigation department, Paul Weiss announced Monday.

  • Drivers Seek $18M Atty Fees In Flower Foods $105M Deal

    The drivers who snagged a $105 million deal in their misclassification suit against Flower Foods said their attorneys deserve to receive $18 million in fees, saying the settlement represents a great achievement also because it requires the company to change its business model.

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Space Pro From Sherman & Howard

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has hired former U.S. Air Force director of space law and chair of Sherman & Howard LLC's aerospace practice group Milton "Skip" Smith to head its space and satellite industry group.

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    Feds Pay $1.2M To End Suit Accusing Judge Of Lewdness

    The U.S. Department of Justice will pay $1.2 million to resolve a suit from a former staff assistant who said a California immigration judge routinely subjected her to explicit, lewd comments and once told her he would "make her straight" if they had sex.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Freshfields Hires Ex-Deutsche Bank Innovation Officer

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced on Monday the hiring of the former chief innovation officer of Deutsche Bank to serve in the same position at the U.K.-based firm, effective at the beginning of April.

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    Cozen O'Connor Hires Wiley Atty As Gov't Contracts Lead

    Cozen O'Connor has hired a more-than 25-year veteran of Wiley Rein LLP, who joins the firm to help co-chair its government contracts practice from its Washington, D.C., office, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

  • Ex-Baker Botts Tax Atty Returns To Morgan Lewis In San Fran

    Morgan Lewis on Monday announced the return of a state and local tax expert as a partner who will be based out of the firm's San Francisco office.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Taps Privacy Chair From Alston & Bird

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP has hired an Alston & Bird LLP partner to lead its data, privacy and cybersecurity practice in Washington, D.C., the firm has announced.

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    Davis Wright Marketing Hire To Revive Biz Development Team

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hired Julia Bennett to establish a traditional business development team within the firm and further bolster its brand as chief marketing and business development officer

  • 9th Circ. Affirms Ax Of Atty's Age Bias Claims Against Bar

    A Massachusetts patent attorney's Age Discrimination and Employment Act lawsuit doesn't overcome the sovereign immunity of the California State Bar, an undivided Ninth Circuit panel has held.

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    Ex-White House Counsel Rejoins Gibson Dunn In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has welcomed back ex-White House counsel Stuart Delery to co-chair its crisis management and its administrative law and regulatory practice groups.

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

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    Constangy Brings On CDF Labor Law Atty In Orange County

    Labor and employment firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP is growing its California team, announcing Friday it is bringing on a CDF Labor Law litigator as a partner in its Orange County office in Costa Mesa.

  • Google, H&R Block Ask Court To Toss Tax Data RICO Suit

    Google and H&R Block asked a California federal court to toss a suit accusing them of scheming to intercept the private data of a man who used H&R Block's tax preparation software, saying there was no evidence the companies conspired.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

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